The trick is to go early on a Friday and come back Sunday afternoon/ evening so you have to take minimal time out from work but get to fill the days with oh so many wonderful things.
Here are my highlights…
Explore: The Design Museum (which strangely many of the bus drivers don’t know exist!) was a really cool place to visit. We spent a good few hours in there looking at all the amazing design that has come out of Denmark. So many chairs, so little time.
Eat: Pastry stop 1 of many…
Eat a little more: After a reacquaintance with the friendly ‘afternoon nap’ we headed to the meatpacking district and sampled the pizza delights that ‘Mother‘ had to offer. Great atmosphere, great pizza, great vino. I’d definitely recommend it.
Explore: Up [relatively] early we decided to venture out of town on the Metro to visit the Loppemarked, an amazing indoor flea market at Den Bla Hal. The rooms went on and on and on. Heaven. Picked up a little Danish milk bottle souvenir (about the only thing I could fit in my suitcase!).
Eat: For lunch we headed to Cafe Wilder for some tasty Danish dishes. Cute little restaurant and lovely food. Watch out for the little night lights on the tables…I managed to set fire to my handbag!
Explore a little more: If you read anything about Copenhagen, it will probably include something along the lines of “You won’t understand the true culture of Copenhagen, unless you go to Christiania.” So there was only one thing for it. And we certainly weren’t disappointed. It’s an old 60s hippy commune and it is also one of my new favourite places.
Eat: Christiania, understandably, left us rather peckish, so we headed over to the Laundromat Cafe for a milkshake and sampled their ‘basket of chips’. WOW. It’s pretty cool in there and you’re never sure whether people are in there for food or to wash their clothes – genuinely. Definitely one to check out while you’re there, if you’ve got room for a burger, even better – they looked good.
Eat a little more… After another late afternoon recharge of the batteries, we headed out for some food. We had hoped to head to BioMio, but we didn’t get out until about 10.30pm so missed the kitchen on that one. Luckily Patepate next door welcomed us with open arms and we had some gorgeous dishes between us, washed down with some vino of course. The restaurant/ bar has a great vibe and I especially likes our waiter because he declared his love for Brighton. The fact he could tell I was from there from me speaking was a little worrying though…When the bill came we got a cute mini black and white postcard as a thank you – nice touch.
Enjoy: Vino fuelled we decided to get down and dirty [not literally] in the meatpacking district so headed to the famous Jolene for some G&Ts. The fact that it’s an old butchers alone gives it an element of quirkiness.
The fact it has “This is not a fucking cocktail bar” etched behind the bar confirmed our thoughts in thinking this is a place we could belong. And the toilets had more toilet roll than they did graffiti. And they had a hell of a lot of graffiti. After taking in the Danish dancing styles around us (very interesting), we headed over to Karriere. If you didn’t feel weird about being in an old butchers at Jolene then you might in here, as you enter through the plastic flaps that once welcomed a pig or two, i’d imagine. With a bar as long as this one, there are no issue with getting served – something that makes me very happy. And the DJ had a beard, so what more could I ask for.
Explore: Today was ride-a-bike day. The perfect climbedintobedatsixam recovery system. We rode all around the city, taking in some of the gorgeous historical buildings, the opera house, the Little Mermaid. A beautiful way to spend the day.
Eat: We stopped off at Halifax burger for our final meal of the weekend. Great burgers. Great chips. Great dips. Need I say more.
If you’re still wondering whether you should go to Copenhagen, then just google Christiania and that will help you decide. Enjoy!